Thousands protest rising costs across Jordan

AMMAN — More than 5,000 Jordanians took to the streets across the country on Friday to protest rising prices for fuel and foodstuffs and demand the prime minister's ouster.
University students, leftists and labor activists staged rallies in five cities — Amman, Irbid, Karak, Salt and Maan — waving Jordanian flags, toting placards and chanting for Jordanian Prime Minister Samir Rifai to step down.
"Prices, particularly gasoline and food, are getting out of hand," said Buthaina Iftial, a 24-year-old civil servant protesting in downtown Amman. "We're becoming poorer every day," she said, holding a poster with a piece of Arabic flatbread attached.
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